Healthcare and medical care
Hospitals in Egypt´s large towns and tourist areas are of an international standard. Medical costs are high by Finnish standards. When travelling to Egypt, you should take out comprehensive travel insurance.
Doctors in Egypt have frequently studied abroad. Primary healthcare services are sufficiently available especially in the areas of Cairo, Alexandria and Sharm el Sheikh, but the availability of demanding treatment in some areas may be limited.
The majority of public hospitals do not accept foreign insurance documents as payment commitments and require payment in cash. When you pay for medical services yourself, the doctor or hospital will provide you with a receipt and a breakdown of the treatment, which you can submit to your insurance company. Pharmacies, too, will provide you with an official receipt for medicines purchased. These documents shown the doctor´s details, name in capitals as well as the contact information of the consultation office and hospital (address, telephone and fax number, and website address in the case of hospitals).
Private medical care is available, especially in Cairo (International Medical Centre and Anglo American Hospital) and in Alexandria (German Hospital). The doctors and medical staff usually speak English. Private hospitals often accept foreign insurance documentation as a payment commitment. You should ask the hospital about this in advance.
Some hotels in tourist resorts, for example, in El Gouna and Hurghada, can work in partnership with doctors. A hotel can call for a doctor.
In general, pharmacies are widely available in Egypt and many medications can be obtained without a prescription. When you purchase medicines, make sure that the product is in its original packaging and clearly labelled. Some pharmacies sell counterfeit medicines which, in the worst case scenario, can be dangerous.
The ambulance emergency number in Egypt is 123, but ambulance service availability varies by area. Healthcare services outside large towns are often inadequate, especially with respect to demanding medical care.
Sources: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Embassy of Finland, Cairo, U.S. Department of State: A service of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, International Property World: Healthcare in Egypt